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Skin Cancer Prevention & Treatment
Posted on 02/21/2017

Skin Cancer Prevention & Treatment

Screen-Shot-2017-02-21-at-10.09.04-AMSkin cancer is the most common type of cancer and can be found on people of all ages and with all skin types. The people who are most at risk, however, are those that spend a great deal of time outside without proper sun protection.

It is true that for some people, sun exposure is unavoidable. Nevertheless, your skin’s health should never take a backseat.

Just because you can’t stay indoors all the time doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to help prevent skin cancers from forming, or treat the ones that already exist. Here are a few tips for how to keep skin cancer at bay and best treat skin cancer if it has already developed. 

Preventing Skin Cancer

Using sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 15 is the best way to prevent skin cancer but sunscreen alone is not enough. Here are some other things you can do to prevent skin cancer:

  • Seek Shade: Whenever you are outside for a prolonged period of time, stay in the shade whenever possible, especially between the hours of 10AM and 4PM.
  • Avoid Burns: Each time your skin burns from the sun, your chance of getting skin cancer increases, so protect yourself as much as possible.
  • Use Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (UVA/UVB): While you should always use at least SPF 15, if you are expecting to spend most of your day outdoors then use a water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher. 
  • Once Ounce Every Two Hours: Every time you go outdoors, apply one ounce (about two tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes beforehand. Repeat this process for every two hours of sun exposure and after swimming.
  • Wear a Hat: Hats are vital for preventing sunburns on the top of your head where it is hard to apply sunscreen. They also protect the sensitive skin on your face.

Treating Skin Cancer

The most important thing to remember if you think you may have skin cancer is to contact a dermatologist immediately. The dermatologists at Dermatology Consultants are experts in skin cancer and can provide many treatment options for skin cancer like Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is usually used to treat basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer on the head and neck. This outpatient procedure is designed to leave the greatest possible amount of healthy skin tissue intact by removing the cancerous tissue in stages.

Contact Dermatology Consultants

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and it is important to see a dermatologist once a year to ensure that you have not developed any. If you are looking for a dermatologist specializing in general dermatology and skin cancer, contact Dermatology Consultants today. You can also schedule your next skin examination online by filling out our easy request form.